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When you are preparing to get married it can feel like a fairy tale. For months the focus will be on the big day, but what happens after you say "I do"? A strong marriage will be a partnership, and there are a few things you can do to ensure day to day life runs as smoothly as possible.
Here are our top tips for running a household (without too many arguments) when you are first married:
Discuss Your Finances Early On
Money can be the cause of stress for many people, but working out your budget early on will put you ahead. The strategy you use will depend on your unique circumstances — i.e. debts, living costs and income. Some couples share finances, while others have separate accounts and have their own set responsibilities. For example, one might pay the mortgage and the other might pay for food.
When it comes to your finances, there is no "right" answer. What works for one couple may not work for another. Be open, honest, and realistic about your spending. An online budget tracker such as Mint might be helpful, especially in the early stages when you need more help understanding your spending habits as a couple.
Protect Your Family with Life Insurance
When you are married you have another person to consider, as well as any children you may have together. Life insurance will give you the peace of mind that if the unfortunate happens, anyone left behind will be taken care of. USAA offers affordable insurance coverage with the flexibility to fit your unique lifestyle requirements.
Taking out life insurance will give you peace of mind, and you will be starting your married life knowing there will always be financial security.
Keep the Romance Alive
When the honeymoon phase wears off you may be met with the ups and downs of the weekly routine. To keep the romance alive, try to plan some special time together. This could be a regular date night, a monthly hiking adventure, a romantic dinner, or a movie night.
Not only is time important, but simple gestures can go a long way. A kiss goodbye in the morning, a random bunch of flowers, holding hands, or an affectionate text message can help to keep the spark in your marriage. To better understand what gestures are meaningful to each other, consider reading or taking Dr. Gary Chapman's book and subsequent quiz on "The 5 Love Languages."
Don't forget to talk to your partner. Successful marriages are usually based on good communication, and your husband or wife should be your best friend.
Coordinate Your Schedules
Schedules can be busy, and when you are both working different hours or participating in sports and recreation it can be hard to know who is doing what. Arguments can occur because of housework and cooking, but you can prevent this by having a mutual agreement. Perhaps one person could be on dishwashing duty and the other can change the sheets. Someone may love gardening while the other might prefer to clean indoors.
Whoever gets home first might like to cook or go to the shop for supplies. You can coordinate with an app or printed roster attached to the fridge. While it might sound unromantic, having set chores can avoid any misunderstandings.
A Marriage with Understanding
Every marriage is different, and how you choose to run your household will depend on your own situation. Be open with your partner and remember, things may change in the future and your strategies may need to adapt.
Security can give you peace of mind, and this can be achieved with a clear budget, allocated chores, romantic gestures, and life insurance.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV